Hidden treasure from South of the border

Recently I was invited by my acquantaince AJ Francisco, guest chef at Patron’s Hacienda, to attend a tasting for a pretty unique 80 proof tequila. The event was hosted by Luis Cuesta of Southern WIne and Spirits of Illinois. Luis and I met recently at an event for Frida Kahlo tequila at Blue Agave @ K Station. It was a packed house for the event as each table was filled. This probably caused the lag in time for the food to come out. That many people being served food at one time, can back up a kitchen. When the food did arrive, it was worth the wait. We were treated to a four course dinner that was paired with three different El Tesoro Tequilas.

El Tesoro Tequila dates back to the early 1800′s in the Mexican state of Jalisco. It was refined by Don Felipe Camarena in 1937, when he opened La Alteña Distillery in Jalisco, 20 miles away from the previous family distillery. His distillery was located near a blue agave growing area and near hot springs which served as a consistent source of energy. Camarena then passed the business on to his son, Felipe J. Camarena Orozco, who then passed it on to his daughters and to his son Carlos Camarena, who is now the third generation of Master Distiller for the distillery.The actual brand El Tesoro de Don Felipe began as the product of a joint venture established in 1990 between the Camarena family and the premium tequila promoters Robert J. Denton and Marilyn S. Smith.

Now, having covered that let’s talk about the main attraction, the tequila. The first expression we were treated to was El Tesoroa Platinum. The Platinum is bottled within 24 hours of distillation to capture the freshest Agave flavors. This crystal clear tequila is exceptionally smooth and can be enjoyed straight or served in a mixed drink. It had to be one of the smoothest silvers I have ever tasted. This expression is ideal for cocktails, but is great for sipping. This tequila along with Anejo and Reposado expressions has won multiple awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the  Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.We sampled this in a Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita which was made with, ruby red grapefruit and agave nectar.

The El Tesoro Reposado, is traditionally aged for two months. This tequila rested for 11 months in aged oak barrels. The taste is mellow and rich, with subtle wood tones and a hint of sweetness. This tequila is perfect on the rocks or in specialty cocktails. This one left a warm sensation going down and was sweet as well as spicy. It also had notes of cirtus a it ran across the tongue. The batendar prepared this expression in a classic Margarita made with fresh squeezed lime juice and agave nectar.

All Anejo tequilas must be aged for one year according to Mexican law. But the Anejo expression is aged for two to three years in oak barrels. Which is why its full and balanced flavor is known as one of the world’s best sipping tequilas. This Anejo is a perfect sipping expression and a great drink to end the evening with. We tried the Anjeo in a chilled coffee made with Mexican cinnamon and vanilla.Whiskey Goldmine happens to recommend the El Tesoro Anejo as one of its top expressions. I have to say I agree with them lol! So whenever you get a chance, check out El Tesoro tequila, you will definitely be pleased.


Winner of the free bottle of El Tesoro Tequila!

No wonder he has a big smile!






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